IT and Operational Director (0675U), Berkeley Public Health - 44738
University of California Berkeley
Location: Berkeley, California
Internal Number: 3576440
IT and Operational Director (0675U), Berkeley Public Health - 44738
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This position will Direct the operations of the The Forum for Collaborative Research's Data & Analysis Center (Forum's D&A Center) at the University of California Berkeley (UCB) School of Public Health (SPH). The Center provides a curated repository of clinical data and an innovative set of analytical tools to facilitate answering critical questions of drug safety and efficacy in novel cost-effective ways that will reduce time and cost of drug evaluation while maintaining or enhancing the scientific basis of that evaluation. The Center also works to translate and disseminate new knowledge through convening opportunities to discuss 'Innovation in Data Use and Analysis' for Forum stakeholders including, academia, regulatory agencies, industry, patient organizations, and professional societies to share lessons learned and provide opportunities for cross-comparison of analytic approaches and a framework for training in novel analytic approaches in a disease specific context.
Receives assignments in the form of objectives and determines how to use resources to meet schedules and goals. Reviews and approves recommendations for functional programs. Provides guidance to subordinates to achieve goals in accordance with established policies. Erroneous decisions or failure to achieve goals results in additional costs and personnel, and serious delays in overall schedule. The IT and Operational Director manages and provides technical direction in conjunction with faculty and deputy director for a large, highly complex, visible data repository and analysis platform (the Forum's D&A Center). Responsible for articulating long-term vision and goals as well as managing ongoing operations of the D&A Center and overseeing collaborations with stakeholders and other units at Berkeley to achieve objectives. Responsible for recruiting and retaining statisticians, research and data analysts, and other personnel. Oversees subcontracts with partners. Accountable for external database projects' scientific steering committees. Uses highly specialized expertise in research-specific concepts and objectives. Facilitates several national / international conferences or seminars annually. This role applies advanced IT architecture concepts and campus knowledge to resolve highly complex issues with significant impact on the organization. Required to regularly work on issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors. Then use this information to effectively select criteria for evaluating results. Works with Forum and D&A Center stakeholders to understand their technology and data requirements, and based on those requirements provides recommended technical solutions. This role will work closely with Berkeley Research IT and other units to ensure the Forum's D&A Center Infrastructure is in place and facilitates the highest standards for data security and compliance, research data, and research.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: November 8, 2022
Manages, through subordinate supervisors, the coordination activities including current business practices, processes and procedures that are diverse in scope. As well oversees the analysis of synthetic cohort data, including coordinating data transfer, and sharing agreements with PIs of studies to be included in the combined database, oversight of data management and database construction, recoding and analysis of results.
Identifies future data management opportunities and architectures.
Provides overall data management support
Acts as an advisor to subordinates to meet schedules and resolve technical problems.
Recommends changes to policies and operating procedures to improve efficiencies.
Manages relationships with software and hardware vendors/or university partners.
Follows processes and operational policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.
Participates in the selection, development, and evaluation staff.
Frequently interacts with peer managers across the organization. As well as with Forum stakeholders including regulators, industry and other academic institutions.
Provides guidance to subordinates within the latitude of established campus, medical center or Office of the President policies.
Supervises the work of a department with responsibility for quality and quantity of work.
Leads project teams in the completion of assignments.
Attend trainings as needed and required by the university and unit.
Other Duties as assigned by the Forum leadership.
Requires thorough knowledge of database management systems sufficient for strategic planning, technology assessment and direction.
Requires knowledge of technical architecture, systems use, maintenance, and planning and integration strategies.
Critical thinking abilities and problem solving skills.
Leadership / management skills, including abilities in persuasion / negotiation, mentoring.
Knowledge of human resource policies and procedures relating to management.
Strong verbal and written communication skills,
Strong technical database systems management abilities.
Strong quantitative and analytical abilities.
Strong knowledge and understanding of service delivery principles.
Experience of analyzing buy vs. build procurement for products for effective and efficient technology use.
Experienced in leading change management activities and managing their impact across the unit or department.
Experience in the management of ongoing technology infrastructure acquisition and expansion, to include the identification and integration of suitable emerging technologies.
Thorough knowledge of technical concepts and basic operating principles of data communications, computer hardware, vendor IT products, and software.
Ability to understand the process involved to adapt, integrate, and modify existing programs or vendor-supplied products for use within the technical environment.
Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to effectively present technical topics to individuals and groups with potentially varied levels of technical sophistication.
Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training
Typically 2-5 years of experience managing an information technology organization.
Advanced degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
Terminal degree in a related field preferred (PhD).
Salary & Benefits
This is a full-time (40 hours/week), career position, and eligible for full UC benefits.
This is an exempt, monthly paid position. The annual salary is commensurate with experience.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment in the Resume section of your application.
Please include, as part of your application a brief (1-2 paragraph) statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in your professional experience.
Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental to our UC Berkeley Principles of Community, which states that 'every member of the UC Berkeley community has a role in sustaining a safe, caring, and humane environment in which these values can thrive.'
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Equal Employment Opportunity
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